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Future Treasures: The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Hanrahan

Thursday, January 17th, 2019 | Posted by John ONeill

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Gareth Hanrahan has written or co-written an impressive number of gaming supplements for several of our favorite systems, including Ashen Stars, Trail of Cthulhu, Traveller, and 13th Age. His debut fantasy novel The Gutter Prayer, set in a world of strange monsters, dark gods and dangerous magic, explodes onto shelves next week, and it’s currently my most anticipated fantasy novel of the month. Peter McLean (Priest of Bones) calls it “A groundbreaking and extraordinary novel,” and Nicholas Eames (Kings of the Wyld) says “Guerdon is a city that seethes with history, horror, and hidden secrets, and Hanrahan’s assured style is reminiscent of China Mievelle in the best way possible.” Michael W. Everest at Fantasy Hive gave it a rave review, saying:

The Gutter Prayer is a mercurial masterpiece… Welcome to Guerdon. A city of cities, built upon the brick and block of those cities and civilisations before it. And like its construction, its citizens stand on the shoulders of those beneath them, those ‘low lifes’ whose only crime (or at least, their first crime) was to be born into a lower rank than the rich and the ruthless above them. Politicians and priesthoods, alchemists and ancient forces, sorcerers and saints, thieves and Tallowmen, golems and ghouls – Guerdon’s streets are a hive of scum and villainy that would spit out any Chosen One farmboy (or girl!).

This one looks like it will command my attention the day it arrives. Here’s the description.

A group of three young thieves are pulled into a centuries old magical war between ancient beings, mages, and humanity in this wildly original debut epic fantasy.

Enter a city of saints and thieves . . .

The city of Guerdon stands eternal. A refuge from the war that rages beyond its borders. But in the ancient tunnels deep beneath its streets, a malevolent power has begun to stir.

The fate of the city rests in the hands of three thieves. They alone stand against the coming darkness. As conspiracies unfold and secrets are revealed, their friendship will be tested to the limit. If they fail, all will be lost, and the streets of Guerdon will run with blood.

The Gutter Prayer is an epic tale of sorcerers and thieves, treachery and revenge, from a remarkable new voice in fantasy.

Some of the gaming products Hanrahan has worked on include:

13th Age: Eyes of the Stone Thief
Ashen Stars: Dead Rock Seven
Ashen Stars: Accretion Disk
Traveller: Alien Module 1: Aslan
Cthulhu Britannica: Folklore
Cthulhu Apocalypse: Slaves of the Mother

The Gutter Prayer is Book 1 of The Black Iron Legacy. It will be published by Orbit on January 22, 2019. It is 560 pages, priced at $15.99 in trade paperback and $9.99 in digital formats. The cover is by Richard Anderson. Read the complete Prologue and Chapter One at the Orbit website.

See all our recent coverage of the best in upcoming fantasy here.

2 Comments »

  1. This got a mention on Tor.com, plus some rave reviews on Goodreads, so I have every intention of checking out. Of course – speaking as a fellow Irishman – I recognised Guerdon instantly as a thinly disguised version of Cork City, the nation’s other capital.

    Comment by Aonghus Fallon - January 17, 2019 1:19 pm

  2. I didn’t pick up on that at all. Sounds like I definitely need to visit Cork City!

    Comment by John ONeill - January 17, 2019 1:35 pm


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